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Clair de lune

Menahem Pressler

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Born 16 December 1923, today Menahem Pressler is, without a shadow of a doubt, the king of pianists, just as Mieczysław Horszowski was in the 1980s. Founder of the Beaux-Arts Trio, great and much-overlooked performer of French music, in his thirties he laid down some of the greatest recordings of Debussy (La Boîte à joujoux, Estampes, Suite bergamasque, Arabesques, La plus que lente, Rêverie) of the 1950s, for the American label MGM Records (but he also made several LPs dedicated to Prokofiev which are now completely forgotten, and the Histoires by Jacques Ibert...). Today, for Deutsche Grammophon, he has cast his mind back to that time when, standing on American soil, everything still lay ahead of him; and he has written a beautiful programme, largely centred around Debussy with the composer's greatest hits (Arabesques, Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque, several Préludes from Livre I such as La fille aux cheveux de lin), finishing with Fauré (Barcarolle No. 6) and finally Ravel ( Pavane pour une infante défunte, Oiseaux tristes). Pressler is keeping alive another piano tradition, with his sound, his sense of style, and quite simply his spirit. His Clair de lune is full of this spirit, without ever falling into mawkishness, or losing its tone of softly-spoken confidence. But for pity's sake, Universal Music: re-release all of Pressler's solo pieces for MGM Records. Bringing back this inestimable and now-completely-inaccessible legacy would be a truly fitting tribute to this great artist. © Théodore Grantet/Qobuz

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Deux arabesques, L. 66 (Claude Debussy)

1
No. 1 Andante con moto
00:05:30

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Rêverie, L. 68 (Claude Debussy)

2
Rêverie, L. 68
00:05:28

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Suite bergamasque, L. 75 (Claude Debussy)

3
III. Clair de lune
00:06:17

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Children's Corner, L. 113 (Claude Debussy)

4
V. The Little Shepherd
00:03:19

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

La plus que lente, L. 121 (Claude Debussy)

5
La plus que lente, L. 121
00:05:57

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Préludes / Book 1, L. 117 (Claude Debussy)

6
I. Danseuses de Delphes
00:03:51

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
II. Voiles
00:05:03

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
00:03:14

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
X. La cathédrale engloutie
00:07:38

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
XII. Minstrels
00:02:36

Menahem Pressler, Piano - Claude Debussy, Composer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Barcarolle No.6 in E Flat Major, Op. 70
00:05:32

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Menahem Pressler, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19 (Maurice Ravel)

12
Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19
00:07:50

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Menahem Pressler, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Miroirs, M. 43 (Maurice Ravel)

13
II. Oiseaux tristes
00:05:15

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Menahem Pressler, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Denis Vautrin, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Ribolet, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Pierre-Martin Juban, Producer - Olivier Rosset, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Born 16 December 1923, today Menahem Pressler is, without a shadow of a doubt, the king of pianists, just as Mieczysław Horszowski was in the 1980s. Founder of the Beaux-Arts Trio, great and much-overlooked performer of French music, in his thirties he laid down some of the greatest recordings of Debussy (La Boîte à joujoux, Estampes, Suite bergamasque, Arabesques, La plus que lente, Rêverie) of the 1950s, for the American label MGM Records (but he also made several LPs dedicated to Prokofiev which are now completely forgotten, and the Histoires by Jacques Ibert...). Today, for Deutsche Grammophon, he has cast his mind back to that time when, standing on American soil, everything still lay ahead of him; and he has written a beautiful programme, largely centred around Debussy with the composer's greatest hits (Arabesques, Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque, several Préludes from Livre I such as La fille aux cheveux de lin), finishing with Fauré (Barcarolle No. 6) and finally Ravel ( Pavane pour une infante défunte, Oiseaux tristes). Pressler is keeping alive another piano tradition, with his sound, his sense of style, and quite simply his spirit. His Clair de lune is full of this spirit, without ever falling into mawkishness, or losing its tone of softly-spoken confidence. But for pity's sake, Universal Music: re-release all of Pressler's solo pieces for MGM Records. Bringing back this inestimable and now-completely-inaccessible legacy would be a truly fitting tribute to this great artist. © Théodore Grantet/Qobuz

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